ERIC Number: ED402382
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
When We Talk. A Guide to Interracial Intercultural Dialogue.
This book is designed to help the person invited to, or expected to attend, a dialogue group on intercultural or interracial relations. It helps the participant be comfortable in such discussions and derive personal benefit from them. While "dialogue" simply means talking together, an organized dialogue session may actually be a class or a forum for speeches, negotiation, debate, or analyzing issues. It should be a kind of conversation in which participants work together for increased self-knowledge. The participant should prepare for the session by determining its purpose, the background and qualifications of the facilitator, and the composition of the group. Reviewing one's own values before a dialogue on interracial or intercultural relations helps ensure that the participant is ready to discuss these issues. The common ground rules for dialogue are founded on mutual respect. Disagreement is acceptable; attacks are not. Specific tips are given about approaches and terms to avoid. The societal value of dialogue is that it connects us to one another, and the individual benefits may result when acknowledging the many pitfalls one can avoid. (SLD)
Descriptors: Conflict Resolution, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Differences, Decision Making, Dialogs (Language), Group Dynamics, Intercultural Communication, Interpersonal Relationship, Racial Relations, Self Evaluation (Individuals)
County of Los Angeles Commission on Human Relations, 320 West Temple Street, Suite 1184, Los Angeles, CA 90012.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations, CA.